Our lives and the things we do are essentially determined by time. I'm fascinated (and often confused) by time and what it means for us as human beings who exist in the year 2016. Most of us have a routine. Plenty of us will have a 9-5 job, or a job equally demanding. Outside of work, we will still have a routine, but it will be more personalised. Then we have schedules, which sounds a lot more serious than the mediocre routine. 

Schedules suggest we have to be somewhere at a certain time, or do something specific on a certain day. At first, this can seem daunting. A schedule sounds like a monster that will such all of the fun and relaxation out of your life, but I disagree. I think it is a more professional way of being organised. 

"Organisation is my favourite," I said to my boss a few weeks ago, after I had spent an afternoon organising some school rugby tops into boxes depending on the size. She was impressed, and I was thoroughly satisfied. Organisation is easy, and it doesn't require a lot of hard work. Every so often I will do a full tidy of my room, and I'll concentrate on it completely, and not allow myself to succumb to distractions. A schedule is one step up from this. 

I'm a writer, and if I had lots of free time, I would have a writing schedule. I would get up early and do some free-writing. Maybe after breakfast I'd edit some writing I'd already written the previous day. By lunch, I will be attempting to write at least 2000 words of one of my writing projects. I'd wind down with a writing prompt, and then finish the day by doing some reading instead. Unfortunately, my life doesn't allow for this kind of schedule. However, how can I be a writer if I don't write? I'm writing right now, even if it isn't creative writing. 

Writing is freedom, and doesn't need to be tied down. However, I have created a schedule that will hopefully allow me to post something on a daily basis. So, if you follow my writing you are likely to come across the following content (and more besides):

Monday: Quote inspired thoughts

On Mondays I hope to get the week off to an inspired start. I'm a quote collector, so I will be choosing a quote (or occasionally taking the Goodreads 'Quote of the Day' for Monday and writing an article based on the thoughts it evokes. Often, Mondays can feel highly uninspired and quite dreary, so hopefully this will be a way to counteract that with some good, solid thinking and inspiration for the week ahead.

Tuesday: Writing prompt and/or Poetry

I don't use enough writing prompts. However, I do have plenty of them lying around in books on my shelves. So on Tuesday I will be opening one of these books to a random page and offering the prompt that I come across. I cannot guarantee that I will have a response to the prompt, but that might come later in the day in the form of a poem or flash fiction. 

Alternatively (in case I am swamped that day) I will simply be posting a poem taken from my blog, and this will be yet another addition to the creative pursuits that I wish to present through my articles. 

Wednesday: Blog Post

Today is a Wednesday, and I have already implemented this new schedule by posting an article that originally appeared on my blog. I have plenty of posts on there that I am looking forward to sharing on here, but to ensure that my articles on here offer more writing than can be found on my blog, I will limit previously published writing to Wednesdays. 

Thursday: What am I reading?

As well as a writer, I am an avid reader, and I'm always reading something. On Thursdays I will discuss the book I am currently reading, and my thoughts on it so far. To give you an apt insight into my current reading habits, I have just begun reading the final (so far) book in the Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde. So, as a nod to one of my favourite series of books, Thursday will be the day on which I will discuss all things bookish. 

Friday: Writing a diary/keeping up a habit

'Jade's Diary' is what I call my diary (imaginative, I know) and I have been writing it since 2007. I had tried (and failed) many times before to keep a diary, and partly the reason I have one is to prove to myself that I can keep up a habit without abandoning it straight away or years later. I admit, I have wavered a few times, but that's what ill mental health will do to you. Here, I will offer insights into the diarist part of me, and reflect on what it is like to keep a diary and also the joys (and horrors) of reading old diaries. 

Saturday: Career & ways to relax after working

At the age of 22, I am at a stage in my life when my career path is starting to form, and I am beginning to place my feet tentatively on the gravel and walk in the general direction marked 'Journalism' on the nearby sign post. On Saturdays I will offer updates on any steps I take, or any developments that occur. I hope that this will offer a nice insight for anyone who is thinking of going into Journalism. I'm at a point where I'm not a fully-fledged journalist yet, but I'm heading in the right direction. 

In addition to that, I have four jobs (two paid) and this can be quite difficult to maintain when I have to commit to all four during one week. Relaxation is required in order to recover from all the work expected of me, and I shall discuss ways that I relax after work, and explore other ways that can prove to be helpful in this situation. 

Sunday: Mindfulness and Me Time

I wholly believe that Sundays are for relaxing. Sometimes we need a day of doing nothing in particular, and to feel free to know that our time is...well...free. On Sundays I will offer a bit of mindfulness for those who might be anxious, or just stressed...or in need of a different perspective. When I get a Sunday free, I like to have 'Me Time' and I will take some of this time to talk about the benefits of dedicating time to yourself and shutting the world out for a little bit just to connect with yourself. 

I look forward to writing, and seeing if I can take on the challenge that I have hereby set myself!